Timor-Leste, or East Timor, a Southeast Asian nation occupying half the island of Timor, is ringed by coral reefs teeming with marine life. Landmarks in the capital, Dili, speak to the country’s struggles for independence from Portugal in 1975 and then Indonesia in 2002. The iconic 27m-tall Cristo Rei de Dili statue sits on a hilltop high over the city, with sweeping views of the surrounding bay.
East Timor Capital: Dili
East Timor Currency: United States Dollar
East Timor Population: 1.245 million
East Timor Destinations: Dili, Atauro Island, Baucau, Maliana, Pante Macassar, Lospalos, Liquiçá, Ermera
East Timor Official languages: Portuguese, Tetun
Lake Ira Lalaro
Nino Konis National Park